Soprano McKenzie Warriner is passionate about
bringing text to life through music whether it’s in the recital hall, on the
opera stage, or in a new composition. A Saskatchewan native, McKenzie will
obtain a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance at the Eastman School of
Music in 2020. She completed her Bachelor of Music at the University of
Manitoba, and she also holds associate diplomas in both piano and vocal
performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. As a singing actor, McKenzie
has performed a variety of opera roles, with highlights including Madame Herz
in Der Schauspieldirektor, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, and La bergère in L'enfant et les sortileges, and she
looks forward to singing in the chorus for Sweeney
Todd this April. Also fascinated by early music, McKenzie sang the role of
Venere in a concert version of Rossi’s L’Orfeo
with the Eastman Collegium Musicum, and she was a frequent soloist with the
Eastman Bach Cantata Series. McKenzie is committed to performing new music, and
she loves collaborating with composers. In 2019 she sang Ana Sokolović’s SATB
song cycle dawn always begins in the
bones in a joint initiative with the University of Manitoba and University
of Toronto, with performances in both provinces.
Born and raised on the Canadian prairies, Danielle Guina is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music at the Eastman School of Music under the tutelage of Dr. Jean Barr. Active in vocal and instrumental areas, she currently holds a Graduate Assistantship in Piano Accompanying at Eastman.
Performing in concerts and festivals internationally, Guina has appeared at Songfest, duo526 Sonata Seminar, the FCMF National Music Festival, and the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival. She received a Bachelor of Music with a double major in Piano and Vocal Performance (2018) from Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada, and was awarded the Brandon University Gold Medal for the Bachelor of Music Degree. Along the way Guina has received numerous awards, including the Brooks Smith Fellowship in Piano Accompanying and Chamber Music, the Ruth and Arno Drucker Scholarship, and the Saskatchewan Arts Board Prince Edward Arts Scholarship.
Guina has worked with renowned pianists Lydia Brown, Margo Garrett, Graham Johnson, Timothy Long, Kevin Murphy, and Alan Smith. She has also participated in masterclasses with Andrew Harley, Hila Plitmann, Alexandra Nguyen, Gordon Gerrard, Murray McLachlan, Andrei Pisarev, Douglas Finch, Futaba Niekawa, Colin Carr, Cecilia String Quartet, and Krisztina Szabó.